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Committed carbon emissions are rising fast

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29/08/2014

Challenging news for those climate campaigners who believe that renewable sources of energy are on the increase: they may be, but so are carbon dioxide emissions. Steven Davis of the University of California, Irvine and Robert Socolow of Princeton University in the US report in the journal Environmental Research Letters that existing power plants will emit 300 billion tons of additional carbon ...

IEA questions impact of a non-binding renewable energy target for Europe

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29/08/2014

According to the IEA's Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report, the absence of a binding target raises questions about how effective the overall target can be as member states would be able to define their commitment to renewables voluntarily.  The report adds that the framework overseeing these commitments lacks detail. Justin Wilkes, deputy chief executive officer of the European Wind ...

UNECE Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment becomes a global instrument

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28/08/2014

Through the entry into force yesterday, 26 August 2014, of its first amendment, the Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context is now open to all United Nations Member States. “This opening will fill an important gap in international law and will further advance environmental impact assessment as an important tool for sustainable development. I therefore ...

NIOSH Scientist Appointed Convener of International Nanotechnology Working Group

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30/08/2014

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced in its September 5, 2014, eNews that an international committee unanimously selected Dr. Vladimir Murashov, special assistant for nanotechnology to the NIOSH Director, “to lead an international working group on the health, safety, and environmental aspects of nanotechnologies.” NIOSH states that the working ...

The What, Where, When and How of Gas Chromatography & GC-MS

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26/08/2014

Anthias Consulting is running their popular 1-day Absolute Basics training course on 5th September at The Open University, Milton Keynes. The course offers the perfect introduction for absolute beginners to gas chromatography and GC-MS and is ideal for analysts, technicians, engineers or those who work in sales and want to improve their knowledge and confidence in this area. This great value ...

Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California

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29/08/2014

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday. The move will end a halt that has stood since a federal judge ruled in 2013 that the federal agency failed to follow environmental law in allowing ...

E-Scrap 2014: The latest on the CRT crisis

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29/08/2014

Discussion of downstream options for CRT glass — and the associated pricing — has consumed the electronics recycling industry for the past year, and at E-Scrap 2014, the CRT debate will get its due treatment. To help clarify the current situation and anticipate where it's headed, the conference will offer a full rundown of the North American processors still standing and those hoping ...

NACWA, NMPF to Sign Landmark MOU on Improving Water Quality

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27/08/2014

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Tuesday, September 9, to promote increased cooperation and communication between the two organizations in their efforts to make watershed-level water quality improvements. The signing ceremony will take place at the National Press Club ...

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